Lauryn Hill, Andra Day, The Roots Perform Stunning Nina Simone Medley At Rock Hall Induction [Videos]

first_imgOn Saturday night, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame officially welcomed their 2018 induction class–including Nina Simone, Bon Jovi, Dire Straits, The Moody Blues, and The Cars–at a lavish ceremony at Cleveland’s Public Hall. As always, the night was filled with star-studded performances celebrating the evening’s guests of honor.Other than special “Early Influencer” inductee Sister Rosetta Tharpe, none of the 2018 inductees date back farther than Nina Simone, who was born in 1933 and passed away more than a decade ago. The legendary singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist’s work continues to be directly referenced and reimagined in modern music by everyone from Michael Buble to Kanye West, though until this year she had somehow not been nominated since her first year of eligibility in ’86. Simone was inducted in a speech by Mary J. Blige.To honor Simone’s induction and legacy, the best backing band in the business–The Roots–held down the stage as modern-day vocal powerhouses Andra Day and Lauryn Hill each performed multiple selections from Nina’s extensive catalog, from hopeful anthems like “Feeling Good” to emotionally fraught protest songs like “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free”.Nina Simone’s music and the societal weight it carried had a profound impact on Andra Day, as it did on virtually every vocalist who followed her–particularly due to its socially conscious nature. Speaking of iconic Simone protest song “Mississippi Goddamn“, Day told in a 2017 interview, “It was a fight song for NinaIt ended up being an incredible anthem. She really rebelled against people who advised her against doing music like that. She was willing to say what was important at the time to the detriment of her own career. To me, that’s the definition of an artist.”Below, you can watch videos of Andra Day and Lauryn Hill paying tribute to the late, great Nina Simone at her Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony:The Roots, Andra Day – Nina Simone Tribute -“I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free” – Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction[Video: MarchofTheRashbaum]The Roots, Andra Day – Nina Simone Tribute – “I Put A Spell On You” – Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction[Video: MarchofTheRashbaum]The Roots, Lauryn Hill – Nina Simone Tribute – “Ne Me Quitte Pas”, “Black Is The Color Of My True Love’s Hair”, “Feeling Good” – Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction[H/T Rolling Stone]last_img read more

Johan Styren departs as CEO of LeoVegas Malta

first_img Related Articles TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Share Share Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Updating the market, LeoVegas Group AB has informed that Johan Styren has officially stepped down from his leadership position as CEO of LeoVegas Gaming Ltd (Malta subsidiary).A founding team executive, Styren has led LeoVegas Malta operations since 2012, joining the mobile first operator from Unibet Plc.LeoVegas governance informs that Styren will continue as a director of the company until 30 June, helping the operator during its transitional period. At present, LeoVegas will handle Styren leadership responsibilities within the framework of the existing organisation.Gustaf Hagman, Group CEO and LeoVegas co-founder personally thanked Styren for his contribution to company growth and strategy.“Johan has been very valuable to LeoVegas, primarily by being part of building our business in Malta. Johan has been part of creating what LeoVegas is today and I want to thank him for his amazing effort during his 5 years at LeoVegas. I wish him all the best in the future,” said Hagman.Leaving LeoVegas’ executive team, Styren commented on the firm: “When I started at LeoVegas 2012 we had just launched and had no customers. Today we are market leaders.”“Since then, we have managed to build the world’s best mobile casino, added sports games and live casino, listed on Nasdaq First North and made LeoVegas one of the best gaming companies in the world. After more than five fantastic years, I feel it’s time to move on to new challenges.”last_img read more

Jaap Kalma to bring blue chip experience to SBC commercial team

first_img StumbleUpon SBC’s Barcelona Summit to become digital-only event May 29, 2020 Global audience gears up for opening day of SBC Digital Summit April 26, 2020 Share Related Articles Submit Share SBC (Sports Betting Community) has confirmed the permanent appointment of Jaap Kalma as Group Chief Commercial Officer.Kalma has been working with SBC for the past four months in an interim role as Business Development Director overseeing the growth into the sports sponsorship industry, having already partnered with SBC to launch the SBC Sponsorship Forum at last year’s Betting on Football event at Stamford Bridge.He was previously the Chief Commercial Officer at AC Milan, the second most successful club in European Club history, where he was responsible for marketing, commercial revenues and global development. Prior to that, Kalma was Global Brand Director at luxury sports car manufacturer and Formula 1 team, Ferrari, while he also spent over a decade at consumer goods multinational Unilever. He attended college and graduate school in the USA, coming away with an MBA from Stanford University. Kalma will now undertake the CCO role for the Sport Global Group, overseeing the sales and marketing teams for all businesses within the group including SBC News, SBC Events, Esports Insider, Affiliate Insider and the social prediction gaming platform Oddslife.Rasmus Sojmark, CEO and Founder of SBC, commented: “We are delighted to welcome Jaap into SBC. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge, skills and capabilities that will help the company grow for years to come. This is a very exciting time for SBC as we continue to grow all the companies within the group on a global scale.”Kalma added: “Having worked with Rasmus and the team for a while now, it is extremely exciting to be joining SBC in a permanent role. SBC has grown rapidly and continuously with the expansion of its news sites and the success of its conference and exhibition events in the UK and the recent Betting on Sports America in the US last month. I look forward to helping the company continue on its successful path in the future.” SBC Summit Barcelona – Digital 2020 announces free ticket initiative July 21, 2020last_img read more

Never forget Yao Ming was an absolute beast with the Rockets

first_imgMORE: Shaq on what changed his relationship with YaoYao is a larger-than-life figure in more ways than one, so it’s easy to forget a simple truth about him. The dude was really, really good at basketball.In 486 regular season games with the Rockets, Yao averaged 19.0 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.9 blocks while shooting 52.4 percent from the field and 83.3 percent from the free throw line. He had two individual seasons in which he hit the thresholds of 20 points, 10 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game with 50 percent shooting. The only other 7-footers with those numbers in multiple seasons? Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Patrick Ewing, Artis Gilmore, Shaquille O’Neal, Hakeem Olajuwon, David Robinson and Ralph Sampson. That’s pretty great company.Strong yet nimble, Yao was capable of rejecting attacks at the rim on one end and finishing with a feathery touch on the other. He presented opposing centers with a challenge they had never faced before.”I think that was the smallest that I’ve ever felt,” Brook Lopez told ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk when describing a 2008 game against Yao. “Going up for the jump ball and then I do my first hook and he blocked it so easily. It was like nothing to him. It was really really a unique experience. I can’t compare it to anything else.”From 2002-09, the Rockets won 50-plus games in four separate regular seasons, but they routinely lost in the first round of the playoffs. They advanced to the Western Conference semifinals just once with the dynamic duo of Yao and Tracy McGrady, falling to the eventual champion Lakers in 2009.McGrady, who also got bit by the injury bug repeatedly in Houston, missed that postseason after undergoing surgery on his knee, and Yao was forced to watch the final four games of a seven-game battle with a broken bone in his foot. It’s a shame Yao couldn’t finish the series because he was dominant in Game 1 against the Lakers.His line: 28 points, 10 rebounds, two blocks, 9-of-17 from the field, 10-of-10 on free throws. He just worked Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol in the post.Those were essentially his final playing days. He officially retired just two years later.It would have been fascinating to watch how he evolved with the modern NBA. His size made him an ideal rim protector, but how would he have dealt with small-ball lineups? He always had good shooting form and could step out for a midrange jumper. Could he have turned himself into a pick-and-pop threat? Unfortunately for Yao (and NBA fans everywhere), he never had the chance to answer those questions. His career is best summed up by one of his biggest rivals.”He was very agile. He could play inside. He could play outside,” O’Neal said back in 2011. “If he didn’t have those injuries, he probably would have been up there in the top five centers ever to play the game.”When discussing Yao Ming, never forget that part. On July 20, 2011, Yao Ming announced his retirement from the NBA, ending his career at the age of 30. The former No. 1 overall pick missed the entirety of the 2009-10 season and played only five games the next year due to foot and ankle injuries, quickly becoming one of the league’s greatest “what if” questions.Despite the abrupt ending, Yao is remembered fondly for a lot of reasons: his massive role in increasing the NBA’s popularity in China and breaking down racial stereotypes, his Yo vs. Yao commercial, his generally jovial nature and his ability to make other people look tiny. (That happens a lot when you’re 7-6 and 300-plus pounds.)last_img read more